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Digital Time with Nautilus

Article by ONBOARD Magazine


NAUTILUS International

Nautilus members benefit from sea time verification and validation remotely

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has given the green light to digital sea-time verification for Nautilus superyacht members.

The move is a temporary step to ensure continued service during the Covid-19 pandemic to yacht crew who require sea-time verification for certificates of competency and to assist the MCA with the revalidation process.

Yacht members can now send Nautilus a signed and stamped scanned copy of testimonials via email. Nautilus will verify the testimonials as per standard procedures and lodge that with the MCA.

“We are pleased the MCA is supporting Nautilus and supporting yacht crew with digital verification of sea-time during the Covid-19 pandemic,” strategic organiser Rachel Lynch said. “This will provide seafarers with peace of mind during this time of great uncertainty.”

Digital verification will be available to all seafarers needing to revalidate Certificates of Competency (CoC) and Certificates of Equivalent Competency (CEC) during the current pandemic.

Seafarers can also send testimonials electronically for verification to keep on top of their sea time but will be required to send in their Service Record Book (SRB) and original testimonials later.

Nautilus House has been closed as per government advice during the pandemic with staff now working from home. Members are requested to cease sending SRBs, testimonials or other documents to Nautilus House until further notice.

Members are also urged to check their ship owner’s responsibilities under flag state laws, including those imposed under implementation of the MLC on matters such as health and safety, medical care, sick pay and repatriation.

Flag states that have ratified the MLC are required to ensure that ship owners provide their seafarers with adequate measures for protection of their health, and that they have access to prompt and adequate medical care whilst on board. This reflects the general duty of care of employers to provide a safe place and system of work for their employees.

If your flag state does not uphold its responsibilities under MLC it can be reported to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Contact your union for help in this situation. If your ship owner does not comply with its MLC responsibilities, you can make a complaint to your manager/master, flag state or port authority.

Why join?
Nautilus International is the first truly trans-boundary trade union for maritime professionals, reflecting the global nature of the industry. We negotiate with employers on issues including pay, working conditions, working hours and pensions to secure agreements which recognise members’ skills and experience, and the need for safety for the maritime sector. They offer Legal Services, Workplace Support, Certificate Protection, International Representation, plus other benefits you could need. In the past few years, Nautilus have been extremely successful in making sure yacht crew employment rights are upheld.

Nautilus members who are concerned or are experiencing difficulties related to the coronavirus outbreak are advised to contact their industrial organiser for assistance or the Nautilus 24/7 helpline.

More Nautilus assistance and our coronavirus resource hub can be found on our Assistance page.

It’s time to become part of the Union

Article by Chris Clifford


Gary Crossing Nautilus

Nautilus is attracting large numbers of new members in the superyacht sector. Gary Crossing looks at what the Union has to offer

Superyacht crew made up more than half of Nautilus International’s new members in 2019. The sector is a growth area for the Union which has helped widen its influence globally to recruit younger maritime professionals.

While superyachts might seem to embody a world of glitz and glamour in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, life for crew members can be very different from that of the vessels’ owners.

In common with colleagues in the Merchant Navy, superyacht crew can experience long spells away from home working in isolated jobs with uncertain pay; they need a Union on their side when things get tough.

Nautilus International’s success in achieving justice for members after recent high-profile yacht incidents has also helped raise the Union’s profile and put a spotlight on the global legal leverage enjoyed by the Union for the benefit of members internationally. In one such case in December 2018, Nautilus secured almost US$1m in unpaid wages for crew members from the superyacht M/Y Indian Empress.

Nautilus was also looking out for members in April 2019, when the Union urged seafarers to exercise extreme caution in dealings with the Marshall Islands flagged M/Y Luna, a luxury superyacht caught up in a bitter divorce dispute between a rowing Russian oligarch and his ex-wife.

Another member recently sought damages for her employer’s non-payment of maternity entitlements and breach of contract. As a member, the Union funded the case which led to the arrest of the UK flagged superyacht M/Y Lazy P.

Behind the scenes, Nautilus organisers are working hard to ensure all members in the yachting sector get relevant additional benefits and support via access to the various services offered through the Union’s network of 17 strategic partners.

The partners provide benefits and advice specific to their niche in the superyacht industry. These services are in addition to the Union’s traditional day-to-day representation of superyacht members on issues as wide ranging such as non¬payment or delayed wages, repatriation, bullying and harassment, certification protections and legal help.

As the only trade union and professional organisation working globally in the superyacht industry, it is essential superyacht officers and crew know they have an organisation looking out for their vested interests,” Nautilus strategic organiser Rachel Lynch said. Any superyacht professional can join Nautilus, regardless of their country of nationality or residence or the flag of their vessel. They can be deck or engineering officers, deckhands, interior crew, chefs and other specialist crew such as medical staff.

The Union represents more than 22,000 members across more than a dozen maritime industries from over 90 different countries. Although its main branches are the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland, the Union also has an office in Antibes especially for superyacht members through a long-standing partnership with D&B Services – and support is also provided by several other strategic yacht sector partners.

D&B Services works alongside the Nautilus offices in the UK to process the Nautilus Service Record Book (SRB) which each yacht member receives.

For more details visit www.nautilusint.org